Maddon Out, Niemann Keeps Cool

Jeff Niemann thought he had Jermaine Dye for the second out in the sixth inning, but the White Sox slugger pointed to his toe enough to have the umpires investigate whether he had fouled the ball off his front foot.

After consulting one another, they ruled in favor of Dye, prompting Joe Maddon to leave the dugout to argue the other way. Like many such arguments, this one ended with an ejection. Home plate umpire Brian Gorman tossed the Rays manager.

From the replay, the umpires appeared to make the right call.

Dye then singled and two additional singles followed to load the bases. But Niemann showed some toughness. First he made a nice play fielding a swinging bunt when he flipped to Dioner Navarro at home for the force. Then he got the inning ending ground ball. No runs scored.

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